Three second-half goals by USL Pro All-League First Teamer Rodrigo Lopez – two penalty kicks and a free “miracle” kick coming in the final seconds – propelled Sacramento Republic FC into Saturday’s league championship match. The semi-final match 3-2 win over the LA Galaxy II was before a boisterous sold out Bonney Field crowd.
More of the same is expected Saturday. Playing in its first USL Pro season, Sacramento will host the championship match against the Harrisburg City Islanders. The title game, which is sold out, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Bonney Field and will also be broadcast live on CW31.
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The rise of elite youth sports and the popularity of year-round athletics have created an emerging market for participant and spectator spending in south Placer County, which has positioned itself as a major sports destination. Now, two separate entities are looking to capitalize on the region’s sports market with large-scale venues that could turn a profit in as few as three years.
It should come as no surprise that the world’s sport has finally been embraced (some may say possessed) by America’s most diverse city. More than 14,000 people — a sellout crowd — attended Sacramento’s inaugural soccer match between the English Premiere League’s Norwich City F.C. and Mexico’s Dorados De Sinaloa. The match provided a glimpse of what is to come when the branding for Sacramento’s very own professional outdoor soccer club, Sacramento Republic FC, is unveiled.
The day Clark Pacific won the bid to provide the concrete components for the 49ers’ new football stadium in Santa Clara was a day for much celebration. It was a $20 million award. It meant new jobs. It meant an economic boost for the region.